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Beliefs about forgiveness and the importance of forgiving oneself and others.

Below are 44 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

SOCDES4 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [Closest to my view] I sometimes try to get even, rather than forgive and forget. (SOCDES4)
TOTAL%
0) No59738.8
1) Yes94361.2
TOTAL1540100.0


VALUEB80 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

I sometimes try to get even, rather than forgive and forget. (VALUEB80)
TOTAL%
1) True60829.9
2) Not true1,41469.6
8) Dont know110.5
TOTAL2,033100.0


SELFB83 from Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Five-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997

I sometimes try to get even, rather than forgive and forget. (SELFB83)
TOTAL%
1) True44027.6
2) Not true1,14571.9
8) Dont know30.2
9) Refused50.3
Missing440 
TOTAL1,593100.0


FORGIVE2 from General Social Survey, 1998

How often has respondent felt the following way due to religious beliefs: I have forgiven those who hurt me. (FORGIVE2)
TOTAL%
1) Always or almost always66946.3
2) Often54737.9
3) Seldom1419.8
4) Never604.2
8) Dont know30.2
9) No answer251.7
TOTAL1445100.0


FORGIVE1 from General Social Survey, 1998

Because of your religious or spiritual beliefs have you always, almost always, often, seldom, or never felt the following ways...I have forgiven myself for things that I have done wrong. (FORGIVE1)
TOTAL%
1) Always or almost always62543.3
2) Often51235.4
3) Seldom19113.2
4) Never845.8
8) Dont know40.3
9) No answer292.0
TOTAL1445100.0


FORGIVE3 from General Social Survey, 1998

How often has respondent felt the following way due to religious beliefs: I know that God forgives me. (FORGIVE3)
TOTAL%
1) Always or almost always1,04472.2
2) Often24517.0
3) Seldom463.2
4) Never684.7
8) Dont know50.3
9) No answer372.6
TOTAL1445100.0


FRGWRNG from Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) and Spirituality, Religiosity Survey

Because of my religious or spiritual beliefs: I have forgiven myself for things that I have done wrong. (FRGWRNG)
TOTAL%
1) Never108.2
2) Seldom2823.0
3) Often5444.3
4) Always or almost always3024.6
TOTAL122100.0


GDFRGV from Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) and Spirituality, Religiosity Survey

Because of my religious or spiritual beliefs: I know that God forgives me. (GDFRGV)
TOTAL%
1) Never2622.0
2) Seldom97.6
3) Often3630.5
4) Always or almost always4739.8
TOTAL118100.0


FRGOTHRT from Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) and Spirituality, Religiosity Survey

Because of my religious or spiritual beliefs: I have forgiven those who hurt me. (FRGOTHRT)
TOTAL%
1) Never86.6
2) Seldom2319.0
3) Often5646.3
4) Always or almost always3428.1
TOTAL121100.0


GODFORGV from Catholic Pluralism Project, 1995

Now, I have a list of religious experiences or feelings that some people have had at one time or another. Please tell me how often, if ever, you have had this religious experience or feeling. -- That God has forgiven your sins (GODFORGV)
TOTAL%
1) Many times65461.8
2) Several times16215.3
3) A few times14413.6
4) Never575.4
5) Dont know413.9
TOTAL1058100.0


VFORGIV5 from Project Canada 1995

How important is the following to you? - Forgiveness (VFORGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Very important1,05261.1
2) Somewhat important59534.5
3) Not very important683.9
4) Not important at all80.5
TOTAL1723100.0


EXPER_13 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY INVOLVED IN ANY SMALL GROUP THAT MEETS REGULARLY AND PROVIDES SUPPORT OR CARING FOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN IT: Next I would like to discuss the small group that you spoke about earlier that meets regularly and provides support or caring for those who participate in it. If you are currently involved in more than one such group, please think about the group that you are most actively involved in. As a result of being in this group, which of these, if any, have you experienced? -- Better able to forgive yourself (EXPER_13)
TOTAL%
1) Yes70669.3
2) No28628.1
3) Dont know/Refused272.6
TOTAL1,019100.0


VALUEB80 from Marital Instability over the Life Course: A Five-Wave Panel Study, Wave I (1980)

I am going to make some statements and for each one I would like you to tell me whether it is true for you or not true for you. I sometimes try to get even, rather than forgive and forget. (VALUEB80)
TOTAL%
1) True60829.9
2) Not true1,41469.6
8) Dont Know110.5
TOTAL2033100.0


Q20FRGVS from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Members and Elders

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven myself for the things I have done wrong. (Q20FRGVS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree70.8
2) Disagree262.9
3) Tend to disagree576.4
4) Neutral or not sure9410.6
5) Tend to agree25328.5
6) Agree31235.2
7) Strongly agree13815.6
TOTAL887100.0


Q23FRGVO from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Members and Elders

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven those who hurt me. (Q23FRGVO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree40.4
2) Disagree111.2
3) Tend to disagree273.0
4) Neutral or not sure778.6
5) Tend to agree26329.5
6) Agree36741.2
7) Strongly agree14215.9
TOTAL891100.0


Q20FRGVS from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, All

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven myself for the things I have done wrong. (Q20FRGVS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree100.6
2) Disagree362.2
3) Tend to disagree955.8
4) Neutral or not sure1237.6
5) Tend to agree42626.2
6) Agree61437.8
7) Strongly agree32019.7
TOTAL1624100.0


Q23FRGVO from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, All

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven those who hurt me. (Q23FRGVO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree50.3
2) Disagree150.9
3) Tend to disagree503.1
4) Neutral or not sure1116.8
5) Tend to agree46928.8
6) Agree69742.8
7) Strongly agree28117.3
TOTAL1628100.0


Q20FRGVS from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Clergy

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven myself for the things I have done wrong. (Q20FRGVS)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree30.4
2) Disagree101.4
3) Tend to disagree385.2
4) Neutral or not sure294.0
5) Tend to agree17123.5
6) Agree29740.8
7) Strongly agree18024.7
TOTAL728100.0


Q26GODFO from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Clergy

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I know that God forgives me. (Q26GODFO)
TOTAL%
3) Tend to disagree10.1
4) Neutral or not sure81.1
5) Tend to agree314.3
6) Agree16722.9
7) Strongly agree52171.6
TOTAL728100.0


VFORGIV4 from Project Canada 1990

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV4)
TOTAL%
1) Very important81556.7
2) Somewhat important56239.1
3) Not very important574.0
4) Not important at all40.3
TOTAL1438100.0


Q23FRGVO from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Clergy

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I have forgiven those who hurt me. (Q23FRGVO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree10.1
2) Disagree40.5
3) Tend to disagree233.2
4) Neutral or not sure314.3
5) Tend to agree20528.2
6) Agree32845.1
7) Strongly agree13618.7
TOTAL728100.0


Q26GODFO from Presbyterian Panel Survey, November 2008 - Spirituality and Health, Members and Elders

To what extent do you agree or disagree with these statements about health and spirituality? I know that God forgives me. (Q26GODFO)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree20.2
2) Disagree10.1
3) Tend to disagree20.2
4) Neutral or not sure222.5
5) Tend to agree758.4
6) Agree27631.1
7) Strongly agree51057.4
TOTAL888100.0


VFORGIV3 from Project Canada 1985-90 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) Very important55875.1
2) Somewhat important17123.0
3) Not very important141.9
TOTAL743100.0


VFORGIV4 from Project Canada 1985-90 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV4)
TOTAL%
1) Very important42357.4
2) Somewhat important28438.5
3) Not very important293.9
4) Not important at all10.1
TOTAL737100.0


VFORGIV3 from Project Canada 1975-85 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) Very important43077.2
2) Somewhat important11721.0
3) Not very important91.6
4) Not important at all10.2
TOTAL557100.0


ASKFORGI from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

How often do you ask forgiveness for your sins? (ASKFORGI)
TOTAL%
1) Very often90632.1
2) Quite often86330.6
3) Occasionally64722.9
4) Rarely2639.3
5) Never1455.1
TOTAL2824100.0


FIMPFRGV from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Father Component

For the following, indicate how much you would want it - To be able to forgive others (FIMPFRGV)
TOTAL%
1) Very little or not at all360.8
2) Somewhat3418.0
3) Quite a bit81919.3
4) Very much2,18751.6
5) At the top of my list85920.2
TOTAL4242100.0


VFORGIV5 from Project Canada 1990-95 Panel Study

How important is the following to you? - Forgiveness (VFORGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Very important37959.7
2) Somewhat important22535.4
3) Not very important304.7
4) Not important at all10.2
TOTAL635100.0


VFORGIV4 from Project Canada 1990-95 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV4)
TOTAL%
1) Very important37257.9
2) Somewhat important24438.0
3) Not very important243.7
4) Not important at all20.3
TOTAL642100.0


VFORGIV3 from Project Canada 1985-95 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) Very important32575.1
2) Somewhat important10123.3
3) Not very important71.6
TOTAL433100.0


VFORGIV5 from Project Canada 1985-95 Panel Study

How important is the following to you? - Forgiveness (VFORGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Very important25159.3
2) Somewhat important15235.9
3) Not very important204.7
TOTAL423100.0


VFORGIV5 from Project Canada 1975-95 Panel Study

How important is the following to you? - Forgiveness (VFORGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Very important24462.9
2) Somewhat important13234.0
3) Not very important123.1
TOTAL388100.0


MIMPFRGV from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Mother Component

For the following, indicate how much you would want it - To be able to forgive others (MIMPFRGV)
TOTAL%
1) Very little or not at all230.4
2) Somewhat2354.0
3) Quite a bit67911.5
4) Very much3,22254.4
5) At the top of my list1,76929.8
TOTAL5928100.0


VFORGIV4 from Project Canada 1975-90 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV4)
TOTAL%
1) Very important21360.2
2) Somewhat important12936.4
3) Not very important113.1
4) Not important at all10.3
TOTAL354100.0


VFORGIV5 from Project Canada 1980-95 Panel Study

How important is the following to you? - Forgiveness (VFORGIV5)
TOTAL%
1) Very important16160.1
2) Somewhat important9535.4
3) Not very important124.5
TOTAL268100.0


VFORGIV3 from Project Canada 1985

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) Very important1,20575.3
2) Somewhat important36722.9
3) Not very important271.7
4) Not important at all20.1
TOTAL1601100.0


FORGIVE from Middletown Area Study, 1996

What follows are what could be considered guiding principles in peoples lives. Please indicate the extent to which it is a guiding principle in your life. Forgiving, or willingness to pardon others. Is it: (FORGIVE)
TOTAL%
0) Not important133.1
2) Important18845.0
3) Very important16539.5
4) Of supreme importance to you4911.7
5) Dont know30.7
TOTAL418100.0


VFORGIV4 from Project Canada 1980-90 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV4)
TOTAL%
1) Very important25159.5
2) Somewhat important15637.0
3) Not very important143.3
4) Not important at all10.2
TOTAL422100.0


VFORGIV3 from Project Canada 1980-85 Panel Study

How important to you is - Forgiveness? (VFORGIV3)
TOTAL%
1) Very important53475.4
2) Somewhat important15922.5
3) Not very important142.0
4) Not important at all10.1
TOTAL708100.0


CONFORG1 from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

Which of these personal issues have you had to deal with? - Learning to forgive yourself (CONFORG1)
TOTAL%
0) No228,46953.9
1) Yes195,24446.1
TOTAL423,713100.0


R_FORGV1 from Forgiveness Survey, 1999

As a result of being in this group, which of these, if any, have you experienced: better able to forgive others? (R_FORGV1)
TOTAL%
0) No22816.5
1) Yes1,15183.5
TOTAL1379100.0


H_FORGIV from Forgiveness Survey, 1999

Has the group ever helped you, personally, in any of the following ways: helped you to forgive someone? (H_FORGIV)
TOTAL%
0) No53738.9
1) Yes84261.1
TOTAL1379100.0


CONFORG2 from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

Which of these personal issues have you had to deal with? - Learning to forgive someone else (CONFORG2)
TOTAL%
0) No173,14940.9
1) Yes250,56459.1
TOTAL423,713100.0


R_FORGV2 from Forgiveness Survey, 1999

As a result of being in this group, which of these, if any, have you experienced: better able to forgive yourself? (R_FORGV2)
TOTAL%
0) No29921.7
1) Yes1,08078.3
TOTAL1379100.0




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